Vauxhall Primary School students better equipped for learning through CIBC FirstCaribbean initiative
Over 25 students at the Vauxhall Primary School in Christ Church are better able to concentrate on their school work after the establishment and launch of a breakfast programme at the school thanks to the initiative taken by staff from the Sheraton Centre branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.
The staff reached out to Vauxhall Primary recently through the banks’ Adopt-A-Cause programme which allows its departments to lend tangible and financial assistance to worthy causes, especially within the communities the bank serves.
The branch underwrote the cost of breakfast items such as food and eating utensils. The response to the launch of the breakfast programme was overwhelming, said Branch Manager, Sue-Ann Malone. “The children made us feel welcomed and it’s great to be a part of something so positive. The students are smart; however some of them can’t concentrate on their studies if they are hungry.”
With regard to why the branch decided to “adopt” the school, Ms. Malone noted, “The Sheraton Centre branch is a part of the community and we have to show that we care and give back some of what the community has given to us. Adopt-A-Cause also draws our own team closer together and we have fun doing so.” She added that the branch hoped to continue its relationship with the school because of the positive impact that the cause could have on students and their education.
Principal, Lionel Stoute was appreciative of the branch’s assistance with the breakfast programme. “Due to the bank’s contribution and participation the school was able to finally begin a project which had been on the cards for three years. I hope that the partnership continues and I wish to say a heartfelt thanks to the branch.”
In noting the impact of the programme Mr. Stoute noted, “This programme has ensured that a number of students who might not have had any breakfast are now assured of having some. Their day can begin on a brighter note and they are better able to concentrate.”